What makes hurricanes stall, and why is that so hard to forecast?

Hurricane stalling has become common over the past half-century, and their average forward speed has also slowed.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change atmosphere flooding hurricanes meteorology weather tropical-cyclones

What makes hurricanes stall, and why is it so hard to forecast?

Hurricane stalling has become common over the past half-century, and their average forward speed has also slowed.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change atmosphere flooding hurricanes meteorology weather tropical-cyclones

Homes are flooding outside FEMA's 100-year flood zones, and racial inequality is showing through

New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government's flood maps indicate.

Kevin T. Smiley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities poverty flooding hurricanes natural-disasters fema urban floodplains hurricane-harvey

Why do some hurricanes stall, and why is that so hard to forecast?

Hurricane stalling has become common over the past half-century, and their average forward speed has also slowed.

Kimberly Wood, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change atmosphere flooding hurricanes meteorology weather tropical-cyclones

What is a hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?

It's not just about the hurricane. How high a storm surge gets and how far it reaches also has a lot to do with the land.

Anthony C. Didlake Jr., Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change sea-level-rise flooding hurricanes storms natural-disasters storm-surge weather

What is hurricane storm surge, and why is it so dangerous?

It's not just about the hurricane. How high a storm surge gets and how far it reaches also has a lot to do with the land.

Anthony C. Didlake Jr., Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change sea-level-rise flooding hurricanes storms natural-disasters storm-surge weather

Why does some rain fall harder than other rain?

Some rainstorms drench you in a second, while others drop rain in a nice peaceful drizzle. A meteorologist explains how rainstorms can be so different.

Jeffrey B. Halverson, Professor of Geography & Environmental Systems, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Aug. 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: hurricane flooding storms rain curious-kids curious-kids-us weather humidity air clouds thunderstorm flash-floods

Letting rivers run wild could reduce UK flooding – new research

Efforts to engineer Britain's rivers over the past 75 years have only made flooding worse.

George Heritage, Honorary Research Fellow in Hydromorphology, University of Salford • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: flooding rivers flood-defences cumbria-floods

When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

Thousands of dams across the US are aging and overdue for maintenance. Taking them down can revive rivers, restore fish runs and create new opportunities for tourism and outdoor activities.

Jon Honea, Assistant Professor of Science, Emerson College • conversation
May 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change water flooding fisheries dams rivers ecosystem-recovery california maine hydropower

As sea levels rise, are we ready to live behind giant walls?

A new study suggests raising dykes along a third of Europe's coastline, but there are more cost-effective options.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change sea-level-rise flooding flood-defences

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